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Whenever a flower blooms I instantly think of macro photography. I love all the details I can capture – from ruffles, to the soft texture of petals. I also can’t help but think about the verse that talks about Solomon’s clothing. Time and time again He shows Himself faithful…He certainly cares.

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 NLT

 

 

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Our adventures took place at Bendix Woods  and it was the perfect location for this spring Little One’s Session. I created a canopied “set” to have cookies and lemonade under, though as it turned out, there was just too much to explore. A mentor once told me that photographers wear many hats. At the time I didn’t know how true that was. For this session I wore the sprinter hat, one I have worn a few times previously with toddlers. We chased three year old Wyatt, back and forth on the green lawn, and all the while, I think he was having a rather good time. His sweet smile tells it all. Abbi, his sister, was ready at a moments notice to strike a pose, or chase after her brother. The session ended with Abbi floating away with the wind, or perhaps that was just pretend. Thanks Abbi and Wyatt for making this adorable session!


 

Just had to share some sibling love from this evening. More to come!

I’m looking forward to the weekend and the sunshine! I have a sunny Little One’s Session planned for tomorrow, and I can’t wait to show you some of the handmade props I created for the session. Check back soon!

This DIY project could be great for families who are on a tight budget. There’s no need to spend money on new clothes for photography sessions. I’ve had several moms mention that they’ve found their kids super cute outfits at resale shops. I found my top at a local resale shop in Valparaiso called Bethesda. I bought it for $2.50 including someones pit stains. I then went to Michaels and bought a box of pink dye for about $3. I’ve been seeing an Ombre trend so I thought I would try my hand at it.

Here’s what I did: Using a wash tub and a bucket, I rinsed the top in warm water. I filled the bucket up about a quarter of the way with warm water and sprinkled just a bit of the dye in to get a pale pink. I mixed that in with my hand (no, I didn’t use gloves and no it didn’t dye my hands) and then I put the entire top in and swirled it around for a couple of minutes. I then lightly squeezed the top out and set it aside while I added more dye and mixed again. I then took the project outside under the clothes line (less to clean up). I shook the top out a bit and then submerged about half of the top into the bucket and raised and lowered it in the mix for a few minutes. Then once again I squeezed the top out and set it aside while I added more dye and stirred. I then put the bottom quarter  of the top into the darker pink and dunked it for  several minutes until I saw a noticeable difference in color. I gently squeezed the top out once again and put in on a hanger and then clipped it to the clothes line to dry. Once dry I put it in the wash machine, and then the dryer and voila- my Easter top was finished and pit stains gone. I also dyed a couple dingy tank tops to give them new life since I had left over dye in the bucket. I think next time I might try a couple pairs of socks! There are probably lots of online tutorials for this but this is what worked for me.

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